For many bloggers, comments are the currency on which they base their blog’s success.
Sure, traffic is key, and selling products – premium or affiliate – may also be a factor they look to for their success. Comments, though? That’s a whole other ball game – just search for “how do I get more blog comments” on any search engine and see how many results you get.
Soon, however, Livefyre might be the lead commenting system for any blogger to run with given the news they recently shared about the upcoming Livefyre Comments 3 release, due imminently.
So what’s in it, and should you make the change if you’re not already on Livefyre?
Livefyre Comments 3 – New Features
One of the things I’ve always loved about Livefyre is that their team truly listen to their users (and even those using their “competitor” platforms). If they receive feedback on their current platform, and it makes sense to add, they usually do so.
Looking at the features of the new Livefyre 3, they’ve listened to and acted upon some of the feedback that may have put users off the system before. These additions include:
- Simple, easy-to-customize design feature, to tailor more towards your blog design.
- A rich text editor, with hyperlinks, fonts and more.
- Media attachment drawer, to allow rich media to be integrated inside the comment.
- Facebook and Twitter comments in-stream, improving on the already-awesome SocialSync feature of the current set-up.
- Reply to social comments, allowing bloggers and their readers to extend the conversation across multiple platforms.
- Enhanced friend tagging and sharing, if you have your social network accounts attached to Livefyre.
- Option to edit your comment, something that’s been asked by many commenters, and great to see it included.
These are just some of the main changes to the new Livefyre 3 comment system. But that’s the front end – behind the scenes, the admin area is also receiving a huge makeover:
- Moderators can now edit comments, as opposed to just administrators (great for multi-author blogs)
- More filter and search options, without jumping through hoops to find comments you’re editing.
- Real-time and bulk moderation updates, allowing for a smoother user experience on comment-heavy blogs.
- And much, much more.
Quite the list, eh? And like I say, these are the main changes – knowing the Livefyre guys, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them tweaking existing features too.
So, Should You Switch to Livefyre?
To be honest, that’s really your call. I could wax lyrical about them all day (and often do!), and how awesome they are and why they’re my favourite comment system. But at the end of the day, your blog and readers are best understood by you.
Some bloggers that have tried Livefyre have seen comments decline, due to the sign-in process (although Livefyre offers guest commenting as well as profile options). But I sometimes find that’s maybe down to the blogger not introducing the system first, with a post about why it’s being used and how best to use it.
Personally, I’ve see conversations explode, and I love the fact that it includes social media conversations too – one of the biggest complaints many bloggers have is that Facebook and Twitter have impacted the amount of comments they receive. With Livefyre, these comments are included, and in a smooth and intelligent way.
I’ve tried WordPress native comments, and Disqus (I dabbled with IntenseDebate but didn’t like the styling). And, without question, Livefyre beats them all hands down – at least for this blogger.
With the new updates in Livefyre 3, I think my love for the system will be well and truly cemented, and I think they’re really offering something for every blogger. Not only that, but they really do look to be making it easier than ever to have a conversation around your blog, no matter where that conversation is taking place.
And that’s all any blogger can ask for.
Note: This is not a sponsored post in any way, shape or form for Livefyre. I simply love the platform and wanted to share the details of the upcoming Livefyre 3. To get in on the early beta, sign up here. Exisiting users will receive the upgrade over the next few weeks.